School Details

Barber Middle School

4222 Cantrell Rd NW, Acworth, GA 30101
(770) 975-6764
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 978 students 15 students/teacher (GA avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade

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Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT)

In 2011-2012 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Cobb County School District average
  • Georgia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT)

In 2011-2012 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Cobb County School District average
  • Georgia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

98%
96%
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89%
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97%
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78%

Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT)

In 2011-2012 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
85%
87%
82%

Middle Grades Writing Assessment (MGWA)

In 2011-2012 Georgia administered the Middle Grades Writing Assessment (MGWA) to students in grades 5 and 8. The MGWA is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Cobb County School District average
  • Georgia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Barber Middle School is a public middle school in Acworth. The principal of Barber Middle School is Lisa Williams, whose e-mail is Lisa.Williams@cobbk12.org. 978 students go to Barber Middle School and are mostly Asian/Pacific Islander, Multiracial, and Asian. 5% of the Barber Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 40% of the 978 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 54% are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Barber Middle School is 15:1. Awtrey Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Ultimate Frisbee

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 5%
Multiracial 5% 3%
Asian 5% %
Black, non-Hispanic 38% 31%
White, non-Hispanic 36% 44%
Hispanic 16% 17%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 54% 44%
Limited English proficiency 5% 7%
Economically disadvantaged 40% 34%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    Terrible school. The principal is very fake and is more concerned with her appearance than she is the students. If you try to go talk to her they won't let you. Now I see why more and more parents are choosing home school these days. The connections classes are wonderful. There are also a handful of ac teachers who are as well Eby Carroll and Also Mr. Ruiz and Abel. That's it.

  • (7 months ago)

    I used to go there two years ago and it was better when i was an 8th grader there. However the have become more strict because of the upcoming 8th graders. The school is very relaxed and really deal with no issue at all. But the school s very good if you are concerned about academics. Though i believe the school should have more cameras especially behind the auditorium. There are things that happen down there that no one knows about. And they should really lock teacher workroom doors. Kids go in there to do..certain things.

  • (8 months ago)

    I'm a student and this is one of the worst schools I've been to. There are drugs violence and bullying issues here. The worst part is the administration doesn't care! If you are thinking about sending your children here rethink immediately!

  • (9 months ago)

    This school is a nightmare. They did not do anything special for the students. They were not even allowed to have an 8th grade formal or a field trip. The administrators claim to support the students but do not allow them to do anything. What kind of school does that?

  • (9 months ago)

    The school doesn't know how to deal with sexual harassment. Guys never leave me alone and follow me in between classes and the administration just tells me it's because of their age and I should be flattered.

  • (10 months ago)

    I am an 8th grade student at Barber. Unfortunately I cannot say this is a good school. There are many issues concerning meeting with the principle bullying and even attendance keeping. My fellow classmates and I have been to the principle numerous times about bullying and nothing has changed. The students go unpunished. They get a slap on the wrist (metaphorically) and that's it. My father has tried to meet with the principle more than once but has recieved no form of contact from her or anyone ele in the office. I am a child with not the best health. I have a bad kidney sever migraines and that isn't the end of it. I have went to doctors and have excuses but they have failed to count them as excused. Ther excuse was "We cannot go back more than 3 days." Which they have done before. So overall if you have a choice between Barber and another school choose the other school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Seriously? I'm sure if he was a fetus then everyone there would be looking out for him.

  • (1 year ago)

    JUst Google "Texas school tosses 6th grader s breakfast in trash after he can t pay 30 cents" and you will see the rest.

  • (1 year ago)

    Bullying is a very hard issue here... I think Barber Middle School is a good school I just find it hard for kids to listen in class when students constantly talk and continue to be disrespectful to teachers. I also don't think that the staff pays attention to the language the kids use. The connections teachers are the best thing you can learn at barber. Overall its an average school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Reading these old reviews nothing has changed you can feel the tension . Principal although being accessible is happy to meet with you to insult between the lines . Use email and text to minimize contact with parents. The use of their own judicial system within school and apparent use of labeling and judgement can be detected after first contact not long before the tarnish shows through the silver. I feel sorry for the 1 or 2 exceptional teachers who are stuck there. This school is an easy read a pig in a skirt is still a pig in a skirt . I do like the distance to the school and that its clean. The school can improve by letting the parents parent and teachers teach. Stop complicating communication with parents with deflection detect disgruntled employees with teachers who want to work. less bleach

  • (1 year ago)

    Barber Middle School This great school teachers will call you if your child needs help with school work. They will fellow up with you the next day. The teachers show that they care.

  • (1 year ago)

    My Daughter is new to 6th Grade this year I will say that the transition was fairly easy but as the parent I find barber Very difficult to follow along with due to each Teacher has BLOG some Teachers use Text Message method of communication. The Teachers are nice enough but you can tell they are only here for a Check so they teach the minimum. The Guidance Counselors are GREAT and helpful for both parents and students. Other then that this is very unorganized and complicated and so far this early in the year I'm not feeling the warm fuzzy that my child is getting a caring education. So Parents if your child goes to this school please please please stay very very involved with what your child is learning and stay on top of the teachers if your child needs extra help. I really hope the Principal reads this because I am sending this to the school Board also.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am sorry to say I don't like this school. (I am a student in 6th grade) there are over 4 people that bully me at school and today I even cryed in class because it was so bad. I am intimidated to go to school now. The teachers all love me and I am a good student with work and behavior but some people don't see that and they pick on me. I don't like it and when I stand up for myself they practicly shove me inbetween a rock and a hard place. Sorry to make this long but I didn't want to tell anyone so I am just going to write this review. I don't know what to say so have a good day peoples! )

  • (3 years ago)

    Unfortunately I cannot give this school a good rating. I think they do not handle bullying well at all. I think most of the teachers are okay but there are a few bad apples as with any school.

  • (5 years ago)

    Barber middle is a great school.The teachers are very paticular about what you do or say but overall great alot of clubs and activities you can do.

  • (5 years ago)

    Barber Middle School is ''okay'' i mean the teachers are great. But at moments teachers sometimes dont upgrade the students grades on Pinnacle. How Can i tell if im doing a good job on my classes.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am sad to say that the reviews regarding the discipline issues at this school are all too familiar to me. Last year I had a teacher call me and tell me she was going to punish my son for distracting other students in her class. I support discipline so long as the punishment matches the crime. Unfortunately the teacher failed to recall that she had already disciplined him and was attempting to double/triple do it. First she marked his conduct card then she gave him silent lunch and initialed the card then she calls me with an attitude in her voice I might add and wants me to support her in forcing him to write a paper on why he shouldn't have done what he did. A bit irresponsible if you ask me. For parents researching schools before buying new homes my advice is to steer clear.

  • (5 years ago)

    My 6th grader has had trouble on the bus with the 8th graders since the beginning of thisyear nothing has halted the trouble. barber M.S. uses Pinnacle an online grade ans assignment notification) for those that have internet access. THe teachers blog assignments and class updates also online no hard copies come home. Some of my childs teaches do not update their grades but the students have to turn in the work on time. How am I suppose to keep up with what is or is not getting done or failing grades if the teaches are not grading the work? This is a big school over 1000 kids but Cobb county is a big disctrict. The disciple in this school is not top priorty I know the school year just started but come on!

  • (6 years ago)

    My oldest daughter attends this school. She is an honor student and a good kid. My wife an I always attend any parent teacher functions and try to stay on top of what's going on by talking to our daughter and her friends. There are a few things that have troubled me a lot lately. At the last parent meeting that was held in the auditorium we were informed that in order to help raise grades students would be given a 'free pass' that would allow them to completely skip the assignment of their choice with no grade penalty. We tore our child's pass up. This is not how the real world works and it is clear that they only have their own ratings and interests at heart - not the childrens' in this case. My daughter is frequently telling us about the lack of discipline and accountability as well.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have been going to this school ever since it opened. My class will be the first graduating class to go through barber for 6th 7th and 8th grades. The accellerated programs at our school are extremely good. We only had 12 percent of our 8th graders fail the 8th grade writing assessment which ie really really low. Many of the students exceeded the standards. One girl got a perfect score on it! She scored a 300 and she has Ms. Vicki Washington to thank for that she has been her language arts teacher since seventh grade! Also we are one of the only middle schools in the county that has a dance program. I am a part of the dance performance group in 8th grade and I'm going to be going to the Cobb County Center for excellence in the Performing Arts @ Pebblebrook High School this coming fall.I this school!

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